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​Krissy H. Snyder

Founder and Executive Director

Krissy initially launched the idea of Wildflower Cottage for Children after 16+ years directing at another program. During that time, she expanded the preschool program…

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Jordan Savage

Lead Teacher, Preschoolers & Admin Support

Jordan’s work centers around his belief that young children and adults are really quite similar to each other. They both get swept away by the…

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Viola Bestmann

Curriculum Specialist

Viola feels continuously inspired by how children discover the world and the people around them with an open heart, a curious mind, and a never…

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Destanee Tugwell

Teacher, Preschoolers

Destanee was born in Wisconsin but grew up around Hillsborough, NC where she met her husband. In September 2020, they welcomed their first child–a daughter,…

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Harley Gant

Teacher, Preschoolers

Harley grew up in the western part of North Carolina—in Taylorsville.  She studied Psychology at Western Carolina University and then decided to move to the Durham/Chapel…

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Elizabeth Goodier

Teacher, Preschoolers

Elizabeth holds a BA in biology and has been teaching for five years. At the Audubon Society, she cared for local ecology as a naturalist,…

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Kelly Walker

Lead Teacher, Middlers

Kelly grew up in the small coastal town of Beaufort, SC. She graduated from Appalachian State University in 2019 with a degree in Child Development…

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Lily Villeda

Teacher, Middlers

Lily was born and raised in Honduras. At the age of 16, she moved to Durham with her mother. Lily provided care to two much…

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Joselin Cruz Vargas

Teacher, Middlers

Joselin was born and briefly raised in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. She moved to Durham, NC at the age of 9 and has since…

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Shaina Riley

Lead Teacher, Toddlers

​As a life-long learner, Shaina strongly believes that positive experiences in early education will foster a love of continued education. A strong partnership between parent…

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Catalina Gonzalez

Teacher, Toddlers

Catalina was born in Tijuana, Mexico.  She moved to the United States in 1996, spent 9 years in Racine, Wisconsin, and then moved to North…

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Lyla Kolman

Teacher, Toddlers

Lyla grew up in the Chapel Hill, NC area. As a lover of learning who never felt engaged by “traditional” school settings, she is thrilled…

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Caton Cobb

Teacher, Toddlers

Caton is from Roxboro, North Carolina. She recently graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Child Development (with a focus in Pre-K/Kindergarten and…

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Lisa Greene

Support Teacher

Lisa was born and raised in North Carolina. Lisa completed her Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010.  She also has 20+years of…

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Rashaan Thompson

Support Teacher

Rashaan Thompson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts/Filmmaking from the Art Institute of Raleigh/Durham. As he encourages others to find their higher purpose through…

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Barbra Laird

Music Teacher

Barbra is happiest when she is enjoying activities with her husband and three sons. But, running a close second is sitting on the floor with…

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Megan Pender

Creative Consultant, School-Age Summer Camp Coordinator

When Megan thinks about Wildflower Cottage, she sees many elements that inspire children to create. She treasures the program’s reverence toward “the hundred languages” of…

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Diana Shoaf

Sometimes Teacher

Diana has lived in Durham since 1972, and raised her three children into adulthood here. While they were young, she was active in their classrooms…

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Shayda Gayosso-Lopez

Sometimes Teacher

Shayda was born and raised in Durham, NC. She attended Riverside High School, and is now working toward her Bachelor’s degree at East Carolina University…

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Amber Miller

Sometimes Teacher

Amber values the children of Wildflower Cottage as an extension of her own family.  Growing up with four siblings, she studied, worked, and adventured alongside…

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Jason Miller

Sometimes Teacher

Jason joined the Wildflower family in December 2020.  Although he is leaning towards studying Mechanical Engineering as a next step in his schooling, he has…

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Maya Miller

Sometimes Teacher

Maya has four younger siblings, and has always loved learning from–and  growing along with–the children around her. Wildflower Cottage offers her a place to  interact…

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Board of Directors

In order to provide a lasting, community-based school for generations to come, Wildflower Cottage for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. The non-profit status helps us to remain transparent to all stakeholders—parents, teachers, and charitable donors. All can rest assured that funding goes directly toward supporting the program, staff compensation, and our children's education.

Our founding Board of Directors is comprised of local, professional men and women. Each brings a unique perspective and experience to their role: business management, finances, accounting, law, human resources, education, health care, occupational safety, insurance, advertisement, education, real estate, grant-writing, counseling, etc.

VACANCIES

We are currently accepting applications to join our Waiting List.  Please contact us to learn more.

Wildflower Cottage has a flexible, creative approach to providing the safest environment possible for our children, families, and teachers during the pandemic. 

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